Nightstand styling – 5 items for a practical and pretty bedside table

Your nightstand should be a place that is pretty and practical. Here are five items to add to keep your decorated bedside functional.

Nightstand styling

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A lamp

If you add nothing else from this list to your nightstand, at least add a lamp. Overhead lights are so harsh at night and don’t allow for your body to start winding down. Having a bedside lamp adds just enough light to read or journal before bed, while still keeping the atmosphere tranquil. 

A trinket tray or dish

Use it a placeholder for the jewelry you forgot to take off before bed or a spot to keep your chapstick. Having a small organizer helps keep your nightstand looking orderly and only lets you have so much clutter. 

nightstand details

Nightstand | Exact lamp | Similar lamp | Similar mini frame | Similar trinket dish | HRH book | Ooh la la print  | Black frame

Something decorative

This is to help make the space look more intentional. Add a decorative (and functional) clock, a small statue, or a vase of flowers!

Alternatively, instead of adding something else to the surface of the nightstand, you can add something to the wall behind it. I’m a proponent of having a piece of art or a mirror hung just above you nightstand. It adds interest, and again, helps the space look intentional. Plus if you have a nightstand on each side of your bed using matching mirrors or coordinated art will tie the room together.

Something sentimental or personal 

Your nightstand is one of the last things you see before falling asleep and the first thing you see when you wake up. Having a special photo or keepsake item there adds to the calming nature of your nighttime routine. 


Whether you love to read before bed or just like coffee table books for decoration add a book or two to your nightstand! 

You can also use a book as a stand or tray that will help corral items and make the area look less cluttered.  

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Have you ever heard you should group things in threes because it’s more pleasing to the eye? Try this: a large book as a base topped with a picture frame or other decorative item. Then add your trinket tray. Varying the height of items, even in a small way as I’ve done, creates a more interesting vignette.



5 items for your nightstand

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